Holy­rood to re­form plan­ning to de­liver more homes

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE SCOT­TISH Gov­ern­ment has promised to re­form plan­ning pol­icy to help de­liver more homes and speed up the plan­ning process.

Hous­ing and Plan­ning min­is­ter Kevin Ste­wart said this week the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment had iden­ti­fied ar­eas that could be tack­led im­me­di­ately, such as ex­tend­ing per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment rights – where plan­ning per­mis­sion is not needed – to more types of de­vel­op­ment, in­tro­duc­ing pi­lot sim­pli­fied plan­ning zones for hous­ing, so that plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted for hous­ing up front, al­low­ing de­vel­op­ments to progress more quickly and flex­i­bly.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment will now work with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, de­vel­op­ers and com­mu­nity groups to de­velop more de­tailed pro­pos­als for re­form, which will be fully con­sulted on later this year. This will pave the way for a new Plan­ning Bill to be brought for­ward to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment in 2017.

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